Times Union 5/9/17: NY State Memorializes Police Who Died From 9/11

Sept. 11 terror attacks still claiming lives

State memorializes largest group of fallen police officers since 9/11
Updated 6:16 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul shakes the hand of Sarah Pratt, the daughter of fallen Trooper Timothy Pratt, during a memorial service Tuesday for law enforcement officers who have died as a result of work-related issues. Photo: Emily Masters / Times Union

ALBANY — Sixty police officers died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. In the 16 years since the terror attacks, 144 more officers have died from illnesses tied to Ground Zero search and recovery.

Last year was the deadliest for the New York City Police Department, with 33 officers dying from 9/11-related illnesses.

“Each year, it’s growing and growing,” said NYPD Deputy Chief Thomas Burns. “Apparently we had a peak, and hopefully the trend goes down after this year, but we won’t know. … It’s in the back of everyone’s mind that something that happened 16 years ago is affecting us more now.”

 Thirty-eight of the 40 fallen officers remembered at the state’s annual police memorial ceremony Tuesday afternoon were Sept. 11 casualties — the largest group to be honored since the attacks.

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